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NAHCO reacts as workers go on strike leaving passengers stranded at airport –

Nigerian Air Handling Company Plc (NAHCo Plc) reacted to a decision by its workers to stage an industrial strike on Monday, disrupting activity at Murtala Muhammad International Airport.

In several videos that have circulated online, thousands of international passengers can be seen looking frustrated at being stranded at the airport.

The workers’ protest was against demands for wage increases.

Some of the airlines whose flights have been disrupted include Delta Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways and Air France-KLM.

NAHCO Handle check-in, boarding and ramp services for the above airlines.

In a press statement, NAHCO management said it acknowledged that some employees had persisted in striking despite an effective court order restricting them from doing so, and that some of their customers were facing hardship.

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According to Dr. Olusola Obabori, Executive Director of NAHCO Group: “We regret all the inconvenience, the company is already engaging with unions and other stakeholders and positive situations will be resolved within hours.

“We understand the power of negotiation. This company, which has arguably the best benefits package of any player in the local aviation industry, will do whatever it takes to keep its employees happy while also keeping its customers happy.

“Aviation unions comprising the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Nigerian Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) last week issued a five-day strike notice to NAHCO management, citing slow progress in salary review negotiations.

“This situation will be resolved quickly because it is detrimental.”

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